New York City is set to fully open on July 1st, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday.
In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” de Blasio stated, “We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength.” This will be the first time the city has fully reopened in more than a year since the lockdown in March 2020. New York City was the hardest hit city by the COVID outbreak, recording 923,953 cases and 32,461 deaths as of Wednesday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated that he would like to see the city reopen earlier than the date given by de Blasio. “I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do we can reopen earlier,” Cuomo said.
As of Wednesday, the city has administered 6 million COVID vaccinations which is 36 percent of its adult population according to city data. More than half of the city has received at least one dose. “What we’re seeing is that people have gotten vaccinated at extraordinary numbers,” de Blasio said. “This is going to be the summer of New York City. I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again.”
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